Black design look amazing, as long as it’s done right.
I seem to always start these posts with “my latest obsession is…” that isn’t because I’m indecisive or changing my mind. It’s because there are just so many cool materials, colours and styles to design with. Therefore I’m obsessed with and inspired by new elements all the time.
It is my mission to bring you the coolest, latest and just down right awesome stuff design has to offer.
So, to the mission at hand!
My new obsession, the colour black.
It looks amazing in many elements, materials and styles. This is what we are going to explore.
Black Design in Rustic
As you would expect, with Rustic design, there is still a healthy dose of rough timber. This offsets the dark black and warms and lightens the space. Black can be integrated into the aesthetic in many ways. Through paint, metal or coloured concrete.
The natural look of the Rustic style is emphasised by the black tones and focuses the eye on those elements.
Black Design in Traditional
Some things can be expected of certain styles and Traditional is no exception. Mouldings are a staple feature of the style. The addition of black adds a completely new look to the commonly light and monotone aesthetic. The other standard features remain, ornate furniture and detailing, all juxtaposed to the dark painted panels.
Using black in a Traditional space leaves a brave and bold statement in a style that can often be ridged.
Black Design in Industrial
Black can be used effectively in the Industrial style in a number of ways. We often find steel columns and window frames painted black. It is employed in light fittings and painted concrete. In other cases it can be more subtle, black cobble floor tiles with a pitch-black glossy aga (cast iron wood burning stove) or even for cabinetry and steel.
The use of timber warms the inherently cold spaces of the Industrial style and lightens the darkness of the black. I dare say timber, in most shades and forms, can even be improved by the addition of black.
Black Design in Minimal
Block colours are a standard in Minimal design, black being no exception. The clean lines lend themselves well to the look of black. Creating shadows where there aren’t any and giving the impression those rooms might go on forever.
Adding black to Minimal adds a contrast not found in any other style. Simplicity of design, material and colour add to the clean lines and uncluttered nature.
Black Design in Eclectic
Black, being a statement colour, fits perfectly into the Eclectic aesthetic. Due to the mixed and mismatched nature of the style colour is often used to bring elements together.
Black steel table legs with black chairs, with a black fridge and cabinetry work together perfectly even though their styles differ. The black feature wall talks well to the black upholstery of the chairs.
The concept of “black goes with everything” works perfectly for design too. Whether it’s timber of light or dark, paint of white or bright. It all works with black. Different elements, from different styles are tied together by the addition of black.
Using black makes a statement and shows a designer is not averse to pushing the boundaries. After all that is what this is all about, creating unique and interesting spaces.
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“Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.” Pierre Bonnard